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Mistake (he was opposed to prosecution of war criminals!)
You got it wrong. You write: "Although he had been a member of the Nazi Party, he advocated the condemnation of the German war criminals, something which led to a scandal in 1970 when he initially failed to make it as a Commissioner in the European Economic Community because of public pressure."
Actually he was opposed to prosecution of (any) Nazi perpetrators. (For a while he was quite active campaigning for an amnesty, but he also used obstruction.) That of course was what led to the scandal. Greetings, 126.96.36.199 (talk) 13:03, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
I also found this sentence to be nonsensical, as he actively campaigned for the amnesty for all war criminals. I'd like to eit it unless there are objections. I assume this is just an error in translation. K.e.coffman (talk) 03:29, 30 January 2016 (UTC)